The English Cultural Landscape Programme, 2013

Oct 6th, 2012

C. Sharpe

The English Cultural Landscape Programme, 2013

This field-oriented programme provides a unique opportunity to understand English culture as it is reflected in the material world of the past and present. The four courses will examine the origins and evolution of English architecture and towns from the time of the Romans to the present and the way in which objects, and English culture in general, are presented in museums and heritage conservation areas. 

Folklore 3713 and 3714 will deal with English architecture in all its forms, from the castles and mansion estates of the wealthy to the ordinary vernacular housing of the urban and rural poor. Geography 3990 will examine the origins of English towns and the way their form and functions have evolved since the time of the Roman occupation to the present. Geography 3900 will discuss the changing meaning of heritage, the ways English culture and history are displayed in museums, and how historic sites are conserved in contemporary England. 

Six weeks of daily classroom instruction  in St. John’s will be followed by a six-week sojourn in Harlow.  The day-long field trips are the most important component of the programme, and there will be three of them each week, enabling students to examine firsthand the subject matter of the courses. The field trips will include: St. Albans Abbey and Verulamium Roman site; several mediaeval castles; Coggeshall and Lavenham to look at mediaeval timber-frame architecture; a Tudor palace; 17th and 18th century mansion houses; the Georgian and Regency buildings of Bloomsbury; sites showcasing both historical and modern aspects of London’s city plan and architecture; and a variety of museums.

There are no prerequisites for this program and all students are welcome. The instructors will assume that most students will have had little previous exposure to the material discussed in the courses.  Students from a wide range of backgrounds in the Arts (Folklore, Archaeology, English, History, Geography, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Political Science, Sociology) have successfully completed it in the past.  Students from the Sciences (Biology, Psychology and Computer Sciences) as well as Nursing, Business and Human Kinetics have also participated.

Students will pay normal tuition fees to Memorial University.  An additional programme fee will cover return airfare, transfers to and from Heathrow Airport to Harlow, six weeks accommodation at Harlow, five weekly evening meals, at least fifteen field trips, packed lunches on field trip days and entrance fees for the field trips.

Interested students should fill out an application.  The form can be downloaded from the ECL website ( and then returned to one of the instructors.

Further details about the program fee, field trip destinations, course descriptions and links to relevant websites can be found on the ECL Program website at Interested students can also contact Chris Sharpe (SN2007) at 864-8984 or or Jerry Pocius (ED4034) at 864-8366 or


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